Husband and I have been attempting to get out to the New York Botanical Gardens for their annual Holiday Train show for weeks now. We finally made it out this past Sunday. We took the train…the real train, not the subway train, to the Bronx and found the Gardens to be raining and freezing. Boo. Not exactly cheerful weather, but the cappuccino’s in the café quickly warmed and cheered me up.
I honestly was not sure what to expect at the train show, and I can now honestly say it was phenomenal!!! It is is a wonderland of landmark replicas and over a quarter-mile of model train tracks. The whole show is inside, so it’s warm and dry. The staff is all dressed in train conductor costumes. The lines have interesting train facts posted every ten feet or so. And, I swear within the first ten minutes I heard two ten year old boys discussing their own ideas for building a train show, plus a grown man telling his little girl “It’s just so magical!” I agree; it is magical.
All of the replicas are made from only natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones. We had such a good time trying to guess every landmark without reading the labels.
The trains running throughout every scene are pretty cool too. There are late-1800’s American steam engines, modern freight trains, passenger trains, and trolleys chugging along the tracks and through each scene.
It was not perfect…the lines were long, and it was very crowded, but once we were in the midst of the show we did not care about anyone around us.
I truly loved this Holiday show and I know we will be returning next year. It’s just too good to miss! Big big thanks to the NYBG for sponsoring this post. If any of you are interested in seeing the show (you know you are) check here for tickets!